Since 1990, the American Library Association has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to ban books from schools and libraries. In the United States, books are usually banned when a parent complains that a particular book is inappropriate for their children.
Judy Blume is an American writer known for writing children and young adult fiction. For close to fifty years, Blume has written books about topics many parents consider taboo -puberty in the book Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, divorce in the book It’s Not the End of the World and sexuality in the book Forever. Despite complaints by parents, Blume’s books have sold over 82 million copies, and they’ve been translated into 32 languages. Most books that are banned and taken off shelves are books that people seek out immediately to read and find out why.
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Hello and welcome to episode 89…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… Words fail me!
Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance. ~Lyndon B. Johnson
Words fail me! … something that you say when you are so surprised, shocked or angry by something …you do not know what to say about it
Look at your room, this room is…it’s …I am so angry, and I don’t know what to say about this mess.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… Words fail me!
Look at your room, this room is…it’s … words fail me!
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … Words fail me!
You voted for who? …unbelievable…words fail me!
Such kindness and thoughtfulness…I don’t know what to say…words fail me.
I don’t know what to think of that outfit. Words fail me at the moment.
CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION?
Who are the authors whose every book you have read?
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Thank you for listening and the next idiom is… take a leaf out of someone’s book